Snowflake

Snowflake

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Credit: TED KINSMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A snowflake or a snow crystal. This snow crystal is of a stellar crystal form, also called a dendritic snow crystal. This form of crystal is made in a cloud when water freezes into ice around -15C. Snowflakes show typical hexagonal symmetry (as seen here) if the crystallization occurs slowly, in a calm air and in temperatures near freezing point; they are commonly flat and may have different shapes such as six sided polygons or stars. The beautiful pattern is often very complicated with needle-like structures and tiny bridges. Since the final stage is influenced by the weather conditions in which they form, no two snowflakes are identical.

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Keywords: blizzard, climate, cold, frozen, meteorology, snow crystal, snowflake, water, weather, winter

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